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Going Outward Bound with the Thales Apprentices

February 24, 2014

In November 2013, 20 Thales Apprentices from across the UK, at all stages of their apprenticeship, participated in a hugely successful training programme in the Lake District. Launched in conjunction with The Outward Bound Trust and Thales Training & Consultancy, the purpose of this programme was to improve…

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Do you ever have a journey where you don’t remember how you got there?

February 10, 2014

The other night I arrived home, turned off the engine, sat in my car for a few seconds and realised I had driven home on auto-pilot. As an L&D consultant, my mind immediately connected my drive home to a programme I’m currently running, which includes the consideration of Unconscious Competence as a learning practice.

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Project Management – it’s not just for the construction or IT industries

November 28, 2013

Over the last decade or so the project management profession has evolved as projects have become a more significant part of organisations in our complex and fast-changing business environments. Regardless of the industry sector, project management is a useful discipline to employ…

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How learning can inspire personal and professional change

November 12, 2013

As human beings we are learning our whole lives. From the cradle to the grave we are continually taking in new information on how to do things and how to improve the way we do things. In fact, it has been said that once you stop learning you, in effect, stop living. Not in the literal sense of course…

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Thales goes ‘outward bound’ with apprenticeship programme

November 11, 2013

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly important, particularly with university tuition fees ballooning and declining applications. As a result, organisations like us need to look for alternative ways to discover and nurture future talent. With this in mind, we’ve launched…

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Absence rates increasing again

October 28, 2013

Absence rates have returned to levels last seen in 2010 and 2011 according to the annual CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey. Last year saw a small decrease but this latest survey puts the average absence per employee of 7.6 days a year. The highest levels of absence occur…

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Experiential-learning

How experiential learning improves performance

October 1, 2013

It is common knowledge that you learn more by doing than you ever learn from reading about something or hearing about it. If we take the example of learning to play tennis, you can read all the technical books in the world but unless you actually pick up the racket and have a go you will never master the skill.

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Excel 2013 – Dumbing down or simply smarter?

August 28, 2013

With each new incarnation of Office we are introduced to new features. The change from 2003 to 2007 was one of the more dramatic changes, with a complete overhaul of the interface. The Ribbon is now the standard and continues through 2010 and again in the latest offering, 2013.

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Zero-hour contracts – Zero appeal?

August 6, 2013

We Brits are a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to the weather. It is either too cold or too hot and rarThe controversial topic of zero-hour contracts has been hitting the news in recent days, with an increasing number of organisations employing staff in this manner to keep their employment costs to a minimum.

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How to deal with the heat wave at work

July 31, 2013

We Brits are a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to the weather. It is either too cold or too hot and rarely just right! The problem seems to be that we are just not used to extremes in temperature. Give us a grey, mild and drizzly day and we know where we stand…

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Succession-Planning

What companies can learn about succession planning from the Royal Family

July 29, 2013

Succession planning within companies is a vital part of organisational development. Identifying potential and emerging leaders within a business, and developing them so they can step into future leadership roles, is the key to effective succession planning…

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The-Apprentice

Sugar backs Dr Leah in The Apprentice final

July 24, 2013

Cosmetic surgery triumphed over cupcakes in last night’s The Apprentice final as Leah was crowned Lord Sugar’s new business partner. Leah receives a cool quarter of a million pound investment from Lord Sugar to launch her chain of high street non-invasive cosmetic surgery clinics…

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Improving your employability through APM and Prince Training

July 22, 2013

Effective project managers who can cope with the complex demands of project management are always highly sought after within successful businesses. Trained and qualified project managers who have attended APM and PRINCE2 courses, and who are experienced and accomplished in project management, are crucial to the success of any project whatever its shape or size.

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Presentation-skills

Engaging your audience?

July 17, 2013

Presentations are an integral part of business life. Sadly, many of them are dull, monotonous and tend to go on for far too long. So how do you ensure that yours are different? What do you need to do to engage with your audience and make people sit up and listen to your message?

If you want to improve the quality of your presentations then follow our top tips.

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Wimbledon-Success

What can Wimbledon teach us about success?

July 15, 2013

Whether you are a tennis fan or not, you cannot fail to be impressed by the news that national hero Andy Murray has won the championship. No mean feat either, it has been 77 years since a Britain has reigned supreme at Wimbledon. The last Britain to win the men’s single title was Fred Perry more than a few generations ago. After last year’s disappointing defeat against Roger Federer, Murray has come back stronger than ever before…

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